When you start to consider other options in this price you understand how great the new M3 is going to be.
The only other options really are the 335 and the S5 which are both lesser cars. The RS4 is actually more expensive and the Benz's are too expensive as well.
Anyways, the S5 would be an option for me too as well as the 335...or maybe just waiting for some used M's to pop up.
However, I am still betting on a 57K base tops....